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Group says grants go to affluent areas

Dec 24, 2014 12:05 am
Larry Rulison in the Albany Times-Union reports that affluent customers benefit more from Time Warner Cable's $7 million, taxpayer-funded upstate broadband program according to New York's Utility Project, a consumer advocacy group. Time Warner Cable is currently seeking approval from the state's Public Service Commission (PSC) for its $45 billion sale to Comcast. New York's Utility Project attorney Gerald Norlander wrote a letter to the PSC, saying in part, "Our analysis... shows the subsidized expansion is occurring in areas that have significantly higher incomes than the county average." The group says of the 53 projects under the grant that are public, 73 percent of the cable line extension projects are occurring in ZIP codes that have median incomes higher than the rest of the county where they are located. Time Warner Cable spokesman Scott Pryzwansky said, "These projects are all in rural, upstate New York... All are previously unserved by high-speed broadband, and the vast majority are in economically distressed areas." Read the full story in the Albany Times-Union.